Arts Learning


The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is dedicated to advancing the arts as an essential element of life-long learning. COA supports teaching and learning for all ages through high-quality arts engagement, community connections and arts integration. 

We are working to advance the arts education and experience in Connecticut in three key areas, as highlighted below.

Arts Learning Grant Program

The Arts Learning grant program offers funding through three distinct categories. Simply click on the links below to learn more about these opportunities.

Poetry Out Loud

Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, this national recitation contest is free and open to all Connecticut high school English and language arts classes. Learn more here.

Directory of Teaching Artists  

This directory serves as a valuable resource of high-quality Connecticut artists who have been juried for:

  • their excellence in their art forms;
  • their readiness and capacity to work in school and community settings as a Performing, Teaching/Connecting, or Teaching/Integrating Artist. 

For more information about how to access these artists or apply to become a teaching artist as well as to learn about potential support available for those engaging Directory Artists, see our Directory of Teaching Artists